“Bruce Catton’s America”, a Collection of Largely Civil War Non-fiction by Catton edited by Oliver Jensen, A Review

For you American Civil War buffs…

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

This is a masterful work by a historian who actually knew Civil War vets as a boy and loved their stories. It is as well written as any history I’ve read. One senses the read is almost like being there.

Bruce Catton, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has the rare talent of making history come alive with his words. The book consists of the best essays he’s ever written per the editor who was a friend and colleague of Mr. Catton. I think he is probably right as the read is really engrossing in this artfully crafted  piece. I highly recommend it, particularly to history buffs like me.

H. Robert Rubin, a best-selling, Amazon memoirist, a novelist with a draft novelette in progress, and author of Look Backward Angel, How Did I Get Through This? and Please Save the Third Dance for Me, all available on Amazon

View original post

The Journey

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” Kiran Desai, an Indian author. Or, as Thomas Wolfe put it, “You Can’t Go Home Again.”

Yes, we are constantly changing. Those of us in the winter of our days have a new outer layer of skin every 30 days. That is our largest organ. Its deterioration with age is a reminder that we aren’t the same, in that we see with time a different person in the mirror, whoever we revisit.

Thank God we change or we could really bore others. Although in a long marriage one ends up married to several spouses in one, a bonafide challenge. 

Amongst serious Christians and Messianic Jews, the changes of sanctification amount to our journey to become more holy in His hands. Lord, I so need you. You are my rock on that pilgrimage.